When's the last time the Super Bowl went to overtime?
The Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots are headed to overtime, a shocking development as the Falcons at one point led by 25 points, 28-3.
Has the Super Bowl ever gone to overtime?
The answer is no.
The Super Bowl has now been played 51 times and tonight's game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots is the first time extra time has been needed in the contest.
Overtime rules for the Super Bowl are the same as they are in a playoff game.
Here are the rules, from the NFL.
- If the score is still tied at the end of an overtime period — or if the second team’s initial possession has not ended — the teams will play another overtime period. Play will continue regardless of how many overtime periods are needed for a winner to be determined.
- There will be a two-minute intermission between each overtime period. There will not be a halftime intermission after the second period.
- Another coin toss will be held before the third overtime period. The captain who lost the first overtime coin toss will either choose to possess the ball or select which goal his team will defend, unless the team that won the coin toss deferred that choice.
- Each team gets three timeouts during a half.
The Falcons and the Pats are tied, 28-28.